Outcome monitoring and learning in large multi-stakeholder research programmes: lessons from the PRISE consortium

This paper focuses on outcome monitoring and learning in multi-stakeholder research programmes by highlighting lessons from the PRISE research consortium.

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Price, water and trade in agriculture: an alternative to the rain dance

This working paper represents a preliminary analysis providing evidence of the importance of trade for resilience to rainfall shocks.

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Resilience, equity and growth in semi-arid economies: a research agenda

What do we mean by ‘equitable, climate-resilient economic growth’ in semi-arid lands (SALs)? Are fast growth, fair growth and resilient growth compatible objectives, or are trade-offs between them inevitable? This working paper sets out the rationale for PRISE’s focus on pathways for investment and development that have the potential to unlock rapid economic growth, reduce poverty and build climate resilience in SALs.

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Small Grants Programme: Analysing the economic development impact of semi-arid lands, and mitigation through food-trade water resource decoupling

What is the relationship between semi-arid lands and national economic development, and the potential of food/agricultural trade to buffer semi-arid land vulnerability and mitigate water scarcity? Should investments be targeted directly at semi-arid lands, or should wider national institutional and capacity considerations be given more attention as a means of mitigating vulnerability?

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Natural capital endowment and dynamics of the changing climate in arid and semi-arid lands: experiences from Africa and Asia

With East Africa, West Africa and Central Asia as case studies, this working paper analyses the endowment framework underlying natural resource management and drivers of natural resource degradation, including natural processes and calamities induced by climate change. It also assesses policy frameworks that embed human action in the degradation and management of natural resources in arid and semi-arid lands.

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Small Grants Programme: Climate change impacts on crop productivity in global semi-arid areas and selected semi-arid economies

Agricultural production in semi-arid regions is often subject to climate-related uncertainty and shocks. This report aims to address key knowledge gaps about the sources of uncertainty and key sensitivities in crop production under climate change conditions in global semi-arid regions.

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